Dedication pays off for school staff

Proud: Sonya Ripley celebrates Tydd St Mary Primary School's good rating with pupils.
Proud: Sonya Ripley celebrates Tydd St Mary Primary School's good rating with pupils.
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A HEADTEACHER has spoken of her pride after her school was rated “good” by an Ofsted inspector.

Tydd St Mary Primary School earned the rating from its recent inspection, marking an improvement from satisfactory last time around.

Headteacher Sonya Ripley said: “We really are proud. It’s a culmination of two-and-a-half years hard work and dedication from the staff.

“I am very fortunate to have a fantastic group of people working with me.”

The school achieved an outstanding grade in the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in the inspection carried out by Lynne Blakelock between March 17-18.

Mrs Blakelock was very positive about the continuing improvement of the school, praising the leadership for its continued improvement.

She said: “The school has moved forward significantly.”

Inspectors were encouraged by the improvements in provision in the early years foundation stage, where independence and a new outdoor play area create a place where children enjoy learning and progress is said to be good.

The report also praised pupils’ behaviour and attendance, which is above average, as well as commenting on the confidence they show and the positive relationships with the staff.

The school prepares the pupils for the world of work efficently with pupils also being “soundly prepared for secondary education.”

Parents responded positively to the questionnaire, with no one disagreeing with the statement “my child enjoys school”.

The report outlined that the school needs to further raise attainment in numeracy and literacy by “regulary informing pupils of the next steps in learning” and ensuring pupils have targets which are regualry reviewed.

Mrs Ripley added: “The children deserve the greatest thanks and we have benefited from incredibly supportive parents.

“As the report states, we are a family school and we are incredibly proud of it. It’s onwards and upwards. We are always looking to progress further.”

Mrs Ripley also thanked the school governors for their support.